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UC Wellbeing Strategy review – update

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the UC Wellbeing Strategy review by completing the recent survey.

Staff input is a vital part of the review process. Your feedback will help us understand which wellbeing services and support currently offered at UC are working well, and where there are new opportunities and room for improvement.    

Keep an eye out on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo over the coming weeks for an overview of results from the survey.

Flu vaccine stocks update

Already this season, distribution of the influenza vaccine has reached near record levels in Aotearoa New Zealand, which has led to low stock levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health is asking all general practices to prioritise the vaccination of those at the greatest risk of influenza.

Priority groups include:

  • pregnant women
  • children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illness
  • people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them susceptible to influenza
  • those aged 65 and over.

The UC Health Centre should have enough influenza vaccines to cover people who would consider themselves to be in one of the above groups.  

Ways to help minimise the spread of influenza

  • Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Stay at home if unwell.

Making help more obvious on UC’s website

A recent news article analysed reporting systems for sexual harassment and assault in New Zealand universities. The article pointed out it took six clicks to find information on UC’s website. UC aims for continuous improvement and worked quickly to make the relevant information easier to find.

No level of assault is acceptable. At UC we are very active in establishing an environment and behavioural expectations that provide a safe and healthy campus for all students.

In addition to having both formal and anonymous reporting systems, UC has several support teams to provide help to students if they have faced harassment on campus. We will continue to promote reporting options and the range of student support available at UC via a variety of channels.

UC takes very seriously the safety, security and education of our students with the aim of creating a campus community where students feel safe and where they belong.

Information on sexual harassment and assault, support and reporting is available here

UC Wellbeing Strategy review – tell us what you think

UC is committed to supporting the wellbeing of all staff and students in our community.

We’re undertaking a review of our current wellbeing strategy. Staff, students and our partners are an integral part of this process and we would value your input.

Discussion document and survey
A UC Wellbeing Strategy Discussion Document has been produced to provide context around wellbeing at UC. This document will support your knowledge around the current experience of wellbeing on campus and provide you with background to help you answer a short survey.

Your feedback will be used to help shape UC’s new wellbeing strategy and implementation plan for 2020 and beyond.

More information, the discussion document and online survey are available on the UC website here.

Please submit your feedback by 14 June 2019.

If you have any questions please email – wellbeingstrategy@canterbury.ac.nz

Telephone scams alert

UC has become aware of a number of sophisticated telephone scams circulating that aim to steal large amounts of money from people.

Current scams to be aware of include cold callers who say they work for Spark NZ and request bank account details, and a worldwide Chinese-speaking scam where the caller impersonates the Chinese government, tells the victim they are under investigation by Chinese officials and requests money.  

If you receive a phone call that you think might be a scam do not share any personal details, send any documents that confirm your identity or call any telephone numbers that the caller gives you. Hang up immediately.

Anyone who believes they are a scam victim should immediately report it to their bank and local Police. Students have been advised they can also contact the Student Care team for support and advice.

Tips for spotting telephone and online scams
Visit the Netsafe website for more guidance on how to spot a scam.